The man who assaulted FBI agents with an “Indiana Jones” style booby trap has been convicted.
Gregory Lee Rodvelt, 71, was found guilty of assaulting a federal officer and discharging a firearm in relation to a crime of violence last week by a federal jury.
Rodvelt injured an FBI agent in 2018 via a wheelchair rigged to fire ammunition at anyone who attempted to move it. The agent was shot in the leg and taken to the local hospital for medical attention.
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Police officers had gone to the home of 66-year-old Gregory Rodvelt in the small town of Williams on Sept. 7, 2018 at the request of a real estate lawyer who was selling the property.
While walking around the 15-acre property, officers slipped passed a minivan outfitted with spring-loaded jaws of animal snares and walked around a circular hot tub turned on its side that was rigged to roll over any trespasser who triggered a tripwire, the newspaper reported.
“(It was) much like a scene from the movie ‘Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark’ in which actor Harrison Ford is forced to outrun a giant stone boulder that he inadvertently triggered by a booby trap switch,” the complaint said.
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An FBI special agent and three state police bomb technicians then approached the manufactured house – blasting open the fortified front door – but never making it past an empty wheelchair that was outfitted to stop anyone who moved it.
According to officials, the wheelchair was outfitted with a fishing line, shotgun ammunition, and other items that, when pushed, triggered an explosion. An X-ray revealed that a .410-gauge shotgun pellet hit the agent’s leg.
U.S. District Court Judge Michael McShane will sentence Rodvelt at a later date, according to the US District Attorney’s Office.
“Assaulting a federal officer with a deadly or dangerous weapon is punishable by up to 20 years in federal prison. Using and discharging a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence is punishable by up to life in federal prison,” the office said in a statement Tuesday.
Fox News Digital’s Lucia Suarez Sang contributed to this report.
Source: Fox News